Rituals to create Sanskars, Religious practices. Holy and religious festivals, vowed religious observances are opportunities to put the teachings of Hindu Dharma into practice. Faith develops by following Dharmik conduct. Faith when combined with propagation of Dharma helps unite those who have fervors for Dharma.
When united, followers of Dharma can be protected from heretics. Unity will also help fufil the higher goal of establishing the kingdom. Sine this task has Divine blessings, it is considered to be samashti sandman (Spiritual practice for the spread of Spirituality) of the highest order. When vyashti sadhana (individual spiritual practice) is combined with Samadhi sadhana, God-realization can take place faster!
H.H. Dr. Jayant Athavale started writing Holy text with blessings of His Guru H.H. Bhaktaraj Maharaj. Imparting knowledge on Spirituality and answering the how and why of Spirituality in a scientific terminology are the main factures of these Holy text. Some Holy text contain Divine Knowledge obtained by Santana’s seekers, which is not available elsewhere on earth!
Under the guidance of H.H. Dr. Athavale, in-depth spiritual research is being conducted on ‘God-realization through Art’, ‘Spiritual remedies for distress due to negative energies’, and necessary guidance is being provided.
Puja of Deities is an easy way of abiding by achars (Conducts) set by Dharma to facilitate sadhana (Spiritual practice) of a worshipper. Puja of a deity creates a center and bhav in the mind of the worshipper. It results in showering of grace by the deity and makes the home environment more satvik. It also creates a sansker (Impression mind) of Dharma on the future generation. Preparation for a Puja is truly the foundation for the ritual of Puja. It not only purifies the worshipper, but also equips him to imbibe Chaitanya that is emitting from the puja; hence, the necessity of preparation.
Performance of a religious act is a kind of scientific experiment in the science of spiritually. Preciseness is the key to success of an experiment. Religious activities are no exception to this rule. Obviously, only when religious actives are performed with precision can we benefit from them. Precision comes from perfection, and hence, it is equally important to understand the spiritual underlying religious acts. Acts performed after understanding the underlying spiritual science generate faith. Similarly, Dharma says that ‘if a good deed is performed in an unscientific, manner, the unscientific performer too gets the benefit, though marginal’. Hence, it is essential that the religious acts be performed as per the spiritual science. Keeping in view this aspect, this Holy text elucidates the preparations to be made before a puja and their underlying spiritual science.
Various aspects that this holy text focuses on include the importance of reciting stotras (Holy hymns), chanting mantras (Please see Glossary) and the Name of God before the puja, precaution of the venue and implements in puja, drawing a rangoli (Please see Glossary) to match the Principle of the Deity, various types of asana (Seats) to be used during the puja, appropriate methods of removed the nirmalya (Withered flowers and leaves, which have been offered earlier to Deity) and wiping the pictures and ldols of Deities; so also the importance of achaman (Sipping water from the palm), Prenayam (Please see Glossary), pronunciation of desh-kal (Name of the place, date and time), making a sankalp and nays (Assigning various parts of the body to various Deities by specific postures of fingers) and importance of puja of a kalash (A metal water container), the shankh (Conch), the ghanti (Bell) and the deep (An oil lamp) just before the commencement of puja.
Our earnest prayer at the Holy feet of the Guru is-‘May the worshipper understand the importance of preparation for puja after reading this Holy, and perform puja with bhav; may he get utmost chaitanya from the puja’.-Complier
|Commentary by ‘A Scholar’ on the Divine Knowledge received about this Holy text||10|
|Basic Rules of Transit||19|
|Some terms used in connection with the ‘Subtle dimension’ and their meanings||13|
|Introduction to the Recipients of Divine Knowledge||15|
|Spiritual experience of a seeker-priest of Sanatan Sanatha during compilation of this Holy text||16|
|1||Panchakarma associated with puja||17|
|2||Preparation for puja||17|
|3||Actual act of preparation for puja||19|
|4||Science underlying the acts||23|
|4A||Recitation of stotras or chanting the Name of God||23|
|*||Recitation of chanting the Name of God results in creation of a protective sheath around the jiva and helps in destruction of negative vibration||23|
|4B||Purification of the puja venue and activation of the puja implements before the puja||25|
|4C||Drawing of rangoli||29|
|*||Why should rangili associated with the Deity Principle be drawn||31|
|*||Why should a rangoli pattern not depict the name of from of a Deity||32|
|*||Why should haldi-Kumkum be offered to a rangoli pattern upon its completion||32|
|4D||Sounding of a conch||33|
|*||Why is a conch sounded at the commencement of a puja or before an Arti||33|
|4E||Taking a seat||38|
|*||Seats to be used as per the spiritual level||39|
|*||Why should rangoli be drawn beneath the seat of the worshipper||41|
|4G||Removing nirmalya from an ldol||43|
|4G 1||Why should nirmalya be removed using the thumb and the ring finger||43|
|4G 2||Why should the jiva small the nirmalya after removing it||44|
|4G 3||Why shold the nirmalya removed from the Deity be kept to jive’s left side after smelling it.||45|
|4G 4||Picture based on subtle-Knowledge showing benefits obtained when the nirmalya is lifted with the thumb and the ring finger||45|
|4H||Performing achaman, Panama, Pronunciation of the place and time, sankalp and nyas||49|
|*||During achaman, why should the sipping of water be done without making any sound||50|
|4I||Puja of the kalash, conch, bell and lamp||53|
|*||Why are the kalash, conch, bell and lamp worshipped in this very sequence||53|
|*||Why should askshata not be offered to a conch||56|
|5||Why should the worshipper arrange the puja implements next to himself||63|
|6||For rapid spiritual progress, not just puja of Deities, but also spiritual practice of further stages is essential||64|
|7||Preventing denigration of Deities is the worship of Deities as per the times||65|
Item Code: NAF556 Author: H.H. Dr. Jayant Balaji Athavale and Mrs Anjali Gadgil Cover: Paperback Edition: 2011 Publisher: Sanatan Bharatiya Sanskriti Sanstha ISBN: 9789381342527 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch x 5.0 Inch Pages: 72 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 80 gms